Update On Lindey: Dog Thrown From Bridge Receives $15,000 In Donations

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Earlier this week we brought you the story of Lindey, the German shepherd tossed from a bridge in Kansas City. 

We are happy to report that Lindey is smiling again after she was able to undergo surgery thanks to a number of generous donors.

Spectators were at a horse show when they saw a dog fall over 40 feet from an overpass and land in a parking lot of the arena where the horse show was being held.  A snowbank broke her fall, but she was still very badly injured.

Two quick-acting animal lovers sprang into action and rushed Lindey to the Piper Heritage Vet Clinic.

“When dogs fall that far they assume an orientation in space where front legs are coming down first, followed by their head,” said veterinarian Dr. Richard Smith. “We call that a 3-point landing and it’s not very pleasant; when front legs give out and then their chin hits the ground and causes damage to their mouth as well.”

Lindey’s front paws were badly damaged, and her teeth were knocked into her jaw.  She also suffered internal injuries.

“She had some blood in her stomach, some compression in her lungs,” Dr. Smith said.

He also said there was evidence of previous abuse, which is not surprising considering she was thrown from a bridge.

Costs for treatment and follow-up care were estimated to be about $10,000.  But Lindey’s sad story touched many hearts, and the donations poured in.

“We are so appreciative and grateful of those who share whatever they have to help this girl because she is a sweetheart,” Dr. Smith said.

Lindey, who was named after one of her rescuers, has a long road of recovery ahead before she is ready to be adopted.

“She was clearly propelled,” said Nancy Campbell, president of Missouri German Shepherd Rescue.  “She’s still scared and cowers at quick movements.

Anyone with information on who may have done this is urged to contact the Kansas City Police Department.  Their website can be reached here:  http://www.kckpd.org/ContactUs

Anyone who wishes to donate to Lindey or other injured German shepherds may do so herehttp://mogsrescue.rescuegroups.org/

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/03/update-on-lindey-dog-thrown-from-bridge-receives-15000-in-donations/

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Puppy Making Improvements After Being Dragged Behind Truck

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“Please say a prayer for this little guy, the person who did this wants dragging behind a lorry. I don’t mean the driver of this lorry as he claims to know nothing. My guess is someone saw an opportunity to be rid of the puppy & tied to the lorry…F-ing Bxxxxxd’S

When a driver of a truck pulled over Wednesday he was distraught to find a five-month-old pit bull puppy tied to the back. The severely injured puppy has been fighting for his life and is making improvements in his recovery. Video at link add.

A 5-month-old puppy who was rescued after being tethered to the back of a truck and dragged along Interstate 55 continues to recover, according to the Humane Society.

As a truck driver was driving down I-55 near St. Louis, he was alerted by another driver who signalled to him that something was wrong. The five month old puppy had been dragged for more than a mile before the driver discovered him. The man was cooperative with police and told them he did not know the animal or how it became tethered to his truck.

The dog, that veterinarians have named Trooper, was rushed to the Humane Society of Missouri for emergency veterinary care. Trooper sustained injuries to his face, ears, shoulder, legs, and right side. Some of the cuts were so deep that his shoulder bone was exposed.

In addition to the injuries he sustained from the ordeal he was malnourished. “This puppy has experienced severe trauma and horrible injuries and his condition could change quickly,” said Dr. Wright, the Humane Society’s director of Shelter Medicine. “However, we are doing everything possible to support his recover, reduce the chances of infection and keep him out of pain.

The fact that he has survived thus far is amazing. He’s truly living up to his name and is a real Trooper.”

Trooper’s condition has been upgraded from critical to guarded after five days on intensive care. Despite everything he’s been through he is eating and even giving kisses to his caretakers. The shelter is hopeful that Trooper will make a full recovery. Anyone wishing to make a donation to help with Trooper’s care can do so through this link.

The Humane Society of Missouri is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Trooper’s ordeal. Tips can be called into the Animal Cruelty Hotline at 314-647-4400. “We have received several tips and are fully investigating them,” said vice president of Operations of the Humane Society of Missouri, Debbie Hill.

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Diesel: From Death Row to Certified Search & Rescue Dog

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“I love a good rescue story & this is one of the best. Had these good people not stepped in, Diesel would have been looking down from Rainbow Bridge! I wonder if whoever sent him to the pound, bought him as a family pet for very small children; then realised he was a bit too boisterous for them to handle. Whatever the story, I’m so happy this beautiful dog has found his true calling in life.”

“But it just goes to show how many decent, good dogs do get sent to death row, through no real fault of their own. Perhaps if their owners just spent a little more time picking the right breed for their family & found time to train their dogs properly, instead of just letting them find their own way; they wouldn’t end up being so misjudged. Kudos to the Missouri German Shepherd rescue group & Monroe City SAR, for giving this dog his life back!”

He was on death’s doorstep last January, one week away from being euthanized due to having been labeled an “aggressive dog” by the Missouri German Shepherd Rescue.  

His name was Koda, and he was believed to be unfit to be in public.  Then Monroe City Search and Rescue stepped in and rescued the 3 year old, and nothing has been the same since.

On January 13th, Koda was picked up and brought to the home of Monroe City SAR  and within days was displaying his agility and intelligence.  He was so enthusiastic that his name was immediately changed to Diesel.  He has never looked back.  Lead K-9 Handler Rich Enochs used tennis balls as rewards and nothing could make Diesel happier.  He adjusted very quickly to life at SAR and got along well with the other dogs, so much so it was hard to believe that what they were initially told about Diesel’s behavior was true.

Monroe City K9 Search & Rescue is a Non-Profit 100% volunteer based organization dedicated to finding the missing, lost and injured.  SAR K9s are trained to find living victims that m may be trapped, injured or lost.  ”Find” is the most important word they know.

SAR dogs are trained to follow a scent in different terrain and weather conditions and to identify the victim from other scents. Their skills are sharpened through regular training sessions and by handlers with daily training at home and in the field, and their training is ongoing and time intensive.

It’s as if Diesel was born to be a SAR dog.  He has become a True SAR K9, visits with the Mentally Handicapped, is “Best Buds” with the Lead Handler’s 2yr old grandson and has become family with the other SAR K9s and,  on October 9th Diesel passed his certification testing.

He is certainly enjoying his new role and being the benefactor of the love and attention he deserves, and Monroe City Search and Rescue made all this possible by believing in him.

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/10/diesel-from-deaths-row-to-certified-search-and-rescue-dog/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29



Las Vegas Activists Protest Backyard Chimp Permit

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“When the owner of Travis bravely showed her face, after the attack; I’m surprised anyone would want a chimp living next door to them. What about the rights of the animals? They are wild & shouldn’t be subjected to birthday parties etc. just for the owner to make money!! Wild animals belong in the wild, if you want to see one, go on one of the many holiday packages that allow you to see the animals in the wild!!”

LAS VEGAS (AP)Animal rights activists in a city already jittery from two separate chimp escapes this summer are protesting a Las Vegas-area property owner’s request to house primates in a residential area, saying the animals pose a public safety issue.

Activist Linda Faso said she and others were holding a demonstration next to the house


Friday afternoon, after distributing fliers in the area that featured a snarling chimp and a gruesome before-and-after shot of a Connecticut woman mauled by one in 2009.

“I’m opposed to anyone having a wild dangerous animal as a pet,” said Faso, a Las Vegas resident. “They’re cute when they’re babies but dangerous as adults.”

Town leaders are expected to review a use permit next week that would allow four chimps and a capuchin monkey on the property, which is located on a spacious lot in unincorporated Clark County, has large cages in the backyard and once held a permit for exotic cats.

The request was filed by Stacy Jones. A woman who answered at the home Friday said chimps are already living there, but she declined to give her name or comment further. She referred questions to owner James “Mike” Casey, who didn’t return messages seeking comment.

Casey holds a USDA permit for three chimpanzees and a small monkey affiliated with “A Great Ape Experience.” An online business directory says clients can hire Casey and the animals to liven up cocktail receptions or children’s birthday parties.

The listing also boasts a litany of charity work, including special appearances for children’s cancer groups and a school for autistic children.

But Casey’s also linked to a highly publicized chimp tragedy. For years, he co-directed a Missouri chimp rescue facility, where a chimp named Travis was bred. Travis went to live with a Connecticut woman shortly after he was born.

In 2009, the 200-pound, 15-year-old Travis mauled his owner’s friend, Charla Nash, who was trying to lure the animal back to its home.

Nash lost her eyes, nose, lips and hands before the chimp was shot by police.

The specter of animal escapes looms especially large around Las Vegas, where chimpanzees Buddy and CJ broke free from their backyard enclosure in July. The duo roamed the streets and jumped on vehicles before a police officer shot the male, saying he got dangerously close to bystanders.

CJ, the female, was tranquilized, but got loose a second time a few weeks later and was moved to a sanctuary in Oregon.

Clark County leaders plan to review the permit application in November after a town advisory board makes recommendations. County commissioner Steve Sisolak said he wants to gauge public reaction to the living arrangement, especially in light of the highly publicized escapes.

“I don’t think we’re holding anyone to a higher standard, but there is increased scrutiny because of the publicity, absolutely,” Sisolak told the Las Vegas Sun.

He also said Casey will need to explain why the chimps are living at a property without a proper county permit. “He’s going to have to answer some questions about why he didn’t do it in the first place,” Sisolak said.

News Link:-http://www.keyc.tv/story/19926977/las-vegas-activists-protest-backyard-chimp-permit

Update: Suspect Arrested After Cats Shot With Arrows

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VERSAILLES, Mo. — A Versailles-area adult was arrested Tuesday night in the case of two adult cats who were found shot with arrows on Sept. 10.

Animal abuse charges are expected for this person, and the Humane Society of Missouri is recommending prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. Charges of felony animal abuse carry a jail sentence of up to four years and/or a fine of up to $5,000 for each count.

The cats, 2-year-old males named Patches and Licorice, were shot in their necks with the arrows exiting or protruding near the shoulders. They were treated for pain and infection at the office of a local veterinarian and then transferred to HSMO headquarters where they have continued to receive care.

Patches, who had the larger wound, is still in danger of losing a leg as a result of the injuries he sustained. Licorice has nerve damage along the path of the arrow which may or may not resolve as he recovers.

The hope is that both cats will eventually be rehabilitated and adopted.

The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office worked together on this investigation.

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VERSAILLES, Mo. — Patches and Licorice were found with arrows shot through their necks.

The 2-year-old male cats are being treated for pain and infection by a Morgan County veterinarian, who says Patches may lose a leg.

The felines will eventually go to the Humane Society of Missouri’s St. Louis headquarters for further rehabilitation and adoption.

The Humane Society is investigating the incident and is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for injuring the cats.

You can contact the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at 573-378-5481with helpful information.

Mike Perkins, director of the Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Task Force, said, “We are committed to vigorously pursuing this case and will recommend prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of cruelty to animals.”

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Jury Finds Owner of Animal Rescue Guilty on 8 of 10 Charges

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Dawn Hamill, owner of Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, was found guilty Friday of eight counts of violation of owner’s duties and not guilty on two counts of animal neglect.

It took a jury four hours of deliberations Friday, Sept. 14, to find Dawn Hamill guilty of eight of 10 counts against her in a four-day animal abuse trial.

Hamill, the owner of Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, was accused of eight misdemeanor counts of violation of owner’s duties in connection to eight puppies reportedly found in cold, filthy conditions during a Feb. 11, 2011, raid on her property. She was found guilty on those eight counts but the seven-man, five-woman jury found her not guilty on two other counts of animal neglect, stemming from the discovery of a miniature horse and a Himalayan cat found dead on the property during the same raid.

READ: Sheriff’s Officers Remove Animals From Local Shelter

Prosecutors Richard Stake Jr. and Sarah Naughton presented several witnesses for their case, and the defense began its case Thursday in Judge Anna Helen Demacopolous’ courtroom in Markham.

Defense attorney Purav Bhatt said he was disappointed with some of the verdict.

“But the jury deliberated for a considerable amount of time,” he added, “which shows that it was a thoughtful verdict between them. And that’s what juries are for.”

The court clerk delivered the verdict at about 8:30 p.m. Friday, with a courtroom of about a dozen people—family and supporters of Hamill, as well as animal rights advocates.

Some of those advocates had strong words after the Hamill: “I’m so happy about it, that she was found guilty,” said Dina Bernichio.

Hamill’s Testimony

Hamill was the last witness to take the stand, testifying for about three hours Friday morning. She broke down twice on the stand, crying at mentions of Tiny, the miniature horse found dead.

As her employee Dawn Dorian testified the day before, Hamill said Tiny was alive the night before the raid. She said that as a miniature horse he suffered from the genetic effects of dwarfism, but he was a happy animal.

During direct examination, Hamill said the deceased Himalayan cat was one of more than 20 animals that her former employee, Christine Kelly, brought back to the rescue after a trip to Missouri. Hamill said Kelly was fired because she had been told not to bring any more animals to the facility. Along with the cat, Kelly brought back the eight puppies, Hamill testified.

“[Kelly] was fired the week before [the raid] for bringing more animals to the property without permission or room,” Hamill said.


Hamill’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 25 in Room 203 of the Markham Courthouse. The charges she was found guilty of are misdemeanors; it was not immediately clear late Friday what the penalty might be for those charges.

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Missouri Horse Slaughter Plant Hopes To Be First To Operate In U.S.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 11 (Reuters) — A town in Missouri is trying to be the first of several in the United States to get a new plant to slaughter horses, now that Congress has overruled animal rights groups to allow the killing for the first time in five years.

U.S. slaughter of horses ended in 2007 when Congress, at the urging of animal rights groups, halted funding to inspect processing plants. The unintended result was thousands of horses abandoned or neglected, and even more enduring hundreds of miles of travel to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.

After a government report last year detailed the abuses of horses, Congress restored inspection money to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for this year.

“People are giving away horses every day because they can’t sell them,” said Wayne White, president of the Missouri Equine Council. “All the rescue places are over-populated.”

Horse meat is sold for human consumption in China, Russia, Mexico and other foreign countries, according to Unified Equine, a Wyoming company proposing to open a horse-slaughter plant in Rockville, Missouri. Horse meat is also used for zoo animals.

The proposed plant, at a facility previously used for cattle processing in Rockville, has strong support in the community. But animal rights advocates have not given up the fight.

“Americans are revolted by horse slaughter, it’s cruelty they just don’t want to support,” said Lindsay Rajt of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

In a report last year, the Government Accountability Office documented an increase in horse neglect and abuse since slaughtering ended and found that by 2010 nearly 138,000 horses were being sent annually to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.

Unified Equine hopes to open its slaughtering plant in Rockville in September, followed by one in Hermiston, Oregon. Another company, Valley Meats, intends to open a plant in Roswell, New Mexico.

The Missouri and New Mexico plants both requested U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections, according to the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. But “a significant amount of time” will be required to update inspection procedures, the service said in a statement on Wednesday.

Even though Congress restored funding, the appropriations committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, which allocates how money is spent, again withdrew money for horse slaughter inspections in the fiscal 2013 budget. The proposal still would have to be approved by the full House and Senate.

Equine chief executive Sue Wallis said she has heard of people in 18 states and several Native American tribal areas exploring horse slaughter plants.

Residents of Rockville, a town of about 150 people 100 miles south of Kansas City, turned out in force at a meeting last month to support the new plant, said Mayor Dave Moore.

“I don’t know of anyone (in town) who is not for it,” said Dennis Heiman, operator of a grain elevator that has been Rockville’s largest employer since 60 jobs were lost with the closing of the beef plant two years ago. The horse plant is expected to create 50 jobs.

Owners of rescue ranches see the problem of neglected and abused horses first-hand. The Changing Leads Equine Rescue ranch just outside Kansas City, Missouri, is at its capacity of eight unwanted horses, said Tina Weidmaier, president of the all-volunteer organization.

Joe Black, a draft horse, was 700 pounds underweight by the time it was rescued from a pasture last August, Weidmaier said. Its owners moved to Florida and left it alone to graze for nearly a year, she said. He is back to his healthy weight but has a chewing disorder, she said.

Many people abandon or seek to give away their horses because of the cost, said Ericka Caslin, director of the Unwanted Horse Coalition. A horse costs an average of about $2,600 annually to feed and board, not counting veterinary bills, she said.

There are an estimated 170,000 unwanted horses in the United States, Caslin said, yet her group has no position on slaughtering plants. Neither does its parent group, the American Horse Council in Washington nor do some rescue ranches, such as Changing Leads.

“We’d rather focus on the problem than on everyone else’s solution,” Weidmaier said.

Animal rights advocate Rajt said the number of unwanted horses going to slaughter is fueled by racehorse or rodeo breeders who dispose of dozens of animals not deemed “the next big winner.” Horse slaughter and the shipping of horses to Mexico and Canada should be banned because it is cruel, she said.

But Wallis of Unified Equity said banning horse slaughter or shipment for slaughter would put well over 100,000 more horses per year at risk of abandonment, abuse and a slow death.

“It’s hard to imagine the magnitude of that,” Wallis of Equine said. “It would be an unmitigated disaster.” (Editing by Greg McCune and Jackie Frank)

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Rockville picked for horse slaughtering plant

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ROCKVILLE — A Wyomingbased company plans to build a horse-slaughtering plant in Rockville in western Missouri, after its first choice in southwest Missouri was met with fierce opposition from residents.

Unified Equine Missouri announced Thursday that a former beef packing plant near Rockville, about 100 miles south of Kansas City in Bates County, is being renovated, and the company expects to open the operation by the end of summer. It is expected to bring 50 jobs to a town with only 150 residents.

Unified Equine originally sought to open the plant near Mountain Grove in southwest Missouri, but angry residents packed public meetings earlier this year to oppose the proposal.

The company said its plant could eventually slaughter up to 800 horses a day, with most of the meat going to Europe, The Kansas City Star reported.

If the Rockville operation opens, it would be the first horse-slaughtering plant in the country since Congress restored funding for inspections of horse slaughter operations last year.

Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state legislator who is head of Unified Equine, said the company is excited to bring jobs to rural Missouri.

But a Mountain Grove attorney who led the opposition to the plant in her town is vowing to take the fight to Rockville.

“She (Wallis) thinks it’s a done deal — it’s not,” Cynthia MacPherson said. “We’re going to do what we can do to stop her. But we’ll need the town’s help.”

One resident who lives near the proposed Rockville plant supports the operation.

“Any time that something creates a job around here, it’s a good thing,” said Mike Williamson, who lives about 8 miles outside of town and raises horses. “We also need places to take our horses at some point.”

Others aren’t so sure the plant is a good idea.

“I just don’t like the idea of a horse packing plant,” said Karol Smith, who lives about 6 miles east of the hamlet. “It’s, just, horses. It doesn’t seem right.”

Critics and animal rights activists contend horses aren’t meant to be eaten and that slaughtering plants create environmental problems.

Horse slaughter proponents argue that the plants are used to kill old, sick horses that are dying from neglect or abandonment. “But it’s not the old & sick they want, they don’t have meat on their bones, they want fit healthy animals! They only say that as a tactic to make it seem kinder for the horses. It’s the horse racing industry that supplies a very large amount of horses that are slaughtered; due to callous over-breeding!”

“They say the horses are shipped under horrible conditions to Mexico to be slaughtered, or sometimes dumped into wild herds. “I agree, the horses that are shipped to Mexico etc. have appalling travel conditions & the worst form of slaughter; a knife that cuts the spinal column. Never heard of any being dumped into wild herds. But, no I don’t agree with horse slaughter for human consumption, horses are companion animals like dogs, it’s just pure greed & it sickens me!”

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Missouri Considers Bill Banning Animal Abuse Videos

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX/AP) – The Missouri House has endorsed legislation seeking to make it a crime for undercover activists to produce videos portraying poor conditions at agricultural facilities.  

The legislation given first-round approval Tuesday would create the crime of “agriculture production facility interference.” The crime would apply to people who produce or distribute photos, videos or audio recordings of the activities at an agricultural facility without the consent of the owner.

The bill also would make it a crime for people to gain employment or access at agricultural facilities under false pretenses.

Supporters said the measure is needed to stop undercover activists who produce propaganda against agriculture, particularly where livestock are being raised or slaughtered.

Opponents of the bill said some of those undercover investigations have helped improve conditions at agricultural facilities.

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Cameron residents face animal abuse charges

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Two Cameron, Mo., residents pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of animal abuse for allegedly not giving food or water to five horses they owned.

Appearing in front of Judge Daren Adkins in Daviess County on Monday, Sandra N. Parrish, 26, and Ryan T. Carman, 17, faced five misdemeanor counts of animal abuse.

According to court records, the charges stem from a call placed on March 26 by a concerned citizen about five horses that had been dropped off in Lock Springs, Mo., located in Daviess County about 15 miles from Chillicothe.

Arriving on the property at the corner of Vine Street and Missouri Highway 190, Daviess County sheriff’s deputies reported five horses (a buckskin colt, a palomino mare, a paint mare, a sorrel mare and Appaloosa gelding) were tied up and appeared malnourished.

“There was no water and no food within reach of the horses. All horses were severely dehydrated,” court records stated.

Court documents showed that, after being informed of their Miranda rights, both defendants admitted their role in the crime.

Ms. Parrish allegedly admitted to transporting the horses from Kirksville, Mo., to Lock Springs, where they were tied up and left without water or food. Mr. Carman also allegedly admitted to tying up the horses and failing to provide nourishment.

Outside of an invalid driver’s license charge in 2011 for Mr. Carman, neither defendant has had any major convictions in Missouri.

Daviess County Sheriff Ben Becerra said the horses were placed in the care of a local animal rescue service run by resident John Howard.

If convicted, each misdemeanor count carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Both defendants are scheduled to appear in a Daviess County courtroom May 7 at 9 a.m.

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